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February 14, 2012

Azul Systems® Zing Unleashes the Potential of SaaS

SUNNYVALE, Calif., February 14, 2012 — Azul Systems, the award-winning leader in Java runtime scalability, today revealed that Zing is proving to be a critical infrastructure component in allowing software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies to reach their full potential. Zing breaks traditional Java runtime barriers that prevent SaaS providers from scaling to meet customer demand and effectively grow their business. Leading SaaS companies, including SuccessFactors, IntraLinks, and Apptio, are leveraging Zing in a cost-effective manner to deliver the SaaS application performance and reliability their customers expect.

In the past few years, SaaS has become a popular delivery model for most business applications, in part due to its promise for seamlessly growing to meet user demand. But in fact cracks are emerging as SaaS providers add more customers and users to their deployments: SaaS application performance suffers and service can be degraded for all users. In many cases, SaaS is simply not delivering on its promise of scalability or reliability. One culprit to this problem lies deep within the technology stack. There sits the underlying Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which is fundamentally inelastic. Unfortunately, SaaS can only be as elastic (and reach its full scaling potential) as this very rigid JVM, which is why a JVM optimized for SaaS is critical for SaaS providers today.

Zing is the industry’s only JVM that eliminates the most critical performance and scalability issues for SaaS providers, making it the preferred JVM for SaaS deployments. Zing allows SaaS providers to scale to meet the user and volume demands of their largest customers, supporting application instances exceeding 512GB without the pauses commonly associated with the use of large instances. Zing also allows dramatic consolidation of application instances, often times exceeding 10 times fewer instances needed, for simpler and more cost-effective deployments.

SuccessFactors, Intralinks and Apptio are three examples of a leading SaaS provider adopting Zing with great success:

“Our customers are leading global enterprise organizations that rely on Apptio’s SaaS-based Technology Business Management services to power insights and decisions by processing large scale financial and operational data,” said Mark Jancola, vice president of Engineering, Apptio. “Zing provides an important elastic runtime layer for our SaaS infrastructure, delivering high performance for data intensive analysis, ensuring consistent response times under unpredictable loads, and providing confidence that our services will scale to meet the needs of our most demanding customers.”

Snapshot: Technical Features and Benefits
Zing JVM for Java-based SaaS applications offers the following technical features and benefits:

  • Superior responsiveness, scale and throughput—Zing eliminates common Java scalability limitations, such as garbage collection pauses, that can cause long delays for SaaS customers. Zing also delivers the highest sustained throughput in the industry.
  • Improved application availability and infrastructure elasticity—Individual Zing instances in multi-user systems can automatically scale up and down both memory and CPU resources based on real-time demands to achieve required response time and availability SLAs.
  • Greater resource efficiency—SaaS providers can put more users on each server instance, using Zing’s elastic capabilities to flexibly consume or free resources based on actual demand.
  • Simplified deployments and manageability—With Zing’s unique ability to utilize larger, more elastic JVMs, enterprises are able to reduce Java instance counts by up to 90 percent for the same sustained application throughput, response time and availability. In addition, the Zing Vision always-on, production visibility tool enables administrators to diagnose application problems seamlessly in production, reducing tuning iterations and shortening development life cycles.

Pricing and Availability

Zing is now generally available for Linux on x86 CPUs. Pricing is based on an annual subscription per server. Prospective customers can request a trial copy at

About Azul Systems

Azul Systems delivers high-performance and elastic Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) with unsurpassed scalability, manageability and production-time visibility. Designed and optimized for x86 servers and enterprise-class workloads, Azul’s Zing JVM is the only Java runtime that supports highly consistent and pauseless execution for throughput-intensive and QoS-sensitive Java applications. Azul’s products enable organizations to dramatically simplify Java deployments with fewer instances, greater response time consistency, and dramatically better operating costs.